DP connects on the game-winning free throw as Mookie looks on.
A player crashed into the fence. Another suffered a cut above his right eye. Two others got into a shoving match. The game between heated rivals Diamond and United Brooklyn at West 4th Street Sunday afternoon more resembled a wrestling match than it did a regular season playground game, but the capacity crowd, end-to-end action and no blood, no foul physicality served to remind everyone why we revere this sport so much.
In a game that even saw Darren “Primal Fear” Phillip barking at the officials, United Brooklyn rallied from 18-down to defeat Diamond, 95-93.
The former Fairfield star dropped 19 points and James “Stixx” Williams added 17 to help propel the guys in blue.
United B.K. trailed 46-28 with 3:50 left in the 2nd quarter. But the team went on a 33-13 run over the next nine minutes and took the lead on a Gary Irvin lay-up.
With three seconds left and the score tied at 93, Phillip isolated himself on the left block, spun middle and drew a foul against a helpless Diamond defender. DP calmly sank both free throws.
Mookie Thomas scored 22 points, connecting on six 3s for Diamond, but his shot from the top of the key at the buzzer left a little something to be desired.
The West 4th Street tournament is set to continue Monday at 6 p.m.